Drummer/Percussionist William Ruiz is Native American/Indigenous Caribbean (Taino Indian) & Spanish . His career as a musician started as a freelance interstate street busker in the USA before auditioning and becoming a Music Under New York performer.
He lives in New York, NY but spends much of his time touring all over the world. By the beginning of 2000 William was widely recognized as one of the top percussionists in the global music scene.
Ruiz incorporates Native American, Indigenous Caribbean, Asian and African influences into his work in addition to his tribal and standard trap set.
He has collaborated with top jazz improvisers and world-class music artists. Although predominantly a soloist, Ruiz has performed with drum groups as well, including Band of Tainos and Brown Bear Quartet. He has worked with dancers from Africa, Asia, Indigenous Caribbean and Native American cultures.
Ruiz has also played with a long list of top jazz/world music artists including Bern Nix - Avante Guarde Jazz Guitarist, Cheryl Pyle – Flute, Yockie Suryo Prayogo – Indonesian pianist, Ireng Maulana – Indonesian Jazz guitarist, Uyung Mahagenta – Indonesian bassist Jay Rodriguez (saxes / woodwinds), Josh Roseman (trombone), Joe Exley (tuba), Sam Newsome (soprano saxophone), William Cepeda (trombone/percussion), Abdou Mboup (Senegalese – percussion), Bill Ware (vibraphone), Marvin Bugulu Smith (Jazz trap drums), Chris Theberge (percussion), Jojo Kuo (Cameroon – trap drums), Uli Geissandorfer (piano), Miho Nobuzane (Japan –pianist) and bassists Victor Bailey, Jonathan Maron, and Yossi Fine. He has worked as personal assistant to Reggie Workman – Bassist/Composer.
He works with many different types of artists ranging from Jazz, Pop, Funk, Reggae, Hip Hop, Country, R&B, DJ’s, Spoken Word, Ethnic Music and World Fusion etc. Ruiz is available for film soundtracks, corporate events, weddings, concert performances, school events - preschool and all other grade levels including colleges. African diaspora events, Latin history month events, Pow Wows and Asian events.